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Meeting to end child hunger

Concern Worldwide and Bread for the World co-hosted a meeting in Washington DC on Monday. Its aim was to put pressure on G20 leaders to fund nutrition programmes in the world’s poorest countries.

Scaling up nutrition 

The meeting was called "1,000 Days to Scale Up Nutrition for Mothers and Children.” It was a follow-up to an event that took place in September 2010 that highlighted important developments in nutrition, including the Scaling Up Nutrition framework. This is a new approach to improving nutrition for mothers and children in the world’s poorest countries.

The framework highlights the importance of the 1,000 days between pregnancy and age two. Proper nutrition during this critical time is vital to ensure children have a strong start at life.

Progress and challenges

The meeting on Monday helped shape the future of this framework by highlighting the progress that has been made in the last nine months. It also identified the challenges that lie ahead.

The event gathered more than 350 high-level government officials and activists from all over the world. Speakers included US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, UK Secretary of State for International Development Andrew Mitchell and Concern’s Tom Arnold.

Breaking the poverty cycle

The subject of this meeting is hugely important. Improving maternal and child nutrition is a vital part of dealing with wider issues like global poverty, child mortality and maternal health. It will also support the growth and development of the next generation. As such, reducing malnutrition can help countries seeking to break the cycle of poverty. 

Saving lives

A huge international commitment is necessary. Global efforts to scale up nutrition are estimated to cost more than $12 billion. These efforts would save the lives of one million children every year. 

Concern’s CEO Tom Arnold said:  

The stakes are enormous. Now that the international nutrition community has accumulated extensive evidence concerning the burden, consequences and effective interventions related to undernutrition, the time to act is now.